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Ever been blessed by an elephant? Enjoy wedding celebrations with a difference at Askari Lodge in Magaliesberg. Just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Askari Lodge offers wedding parties a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience where Africa meets Antique Dutch, in an area steeped with history.

All reception venues are within a short stroll from the chapel. The Lapa, overlooking the Elephant Dam, accommodates small groups of up to 40. Set on pure river sand under a giant thatch roof structure, the Lapa with its central roaring fireplace, affords astonishing night sky views as well as a view over the Plumari Private Game Reserve.

Askari Wedding venue is situated in the new Day Visitors Centre. Accommodating up to 120 guests, it has a beautiful deck with views over the Magaliesberg mountain range and is abundant with African symbology, rich earthy colours and unique African décor focal points. The upstairs wedding venue opens up onto the Azima Restaurant, viewing deck and Enzi Bar, ideal for pre-wedding drinks or entertainment.

The magical Forest Venue is popular for brides with a yearning to get married in the outdoors. Surrounded by a lush forest and the hippo dam not too far away, this rustic venue has wooden benches and provides a blank canvas for creative bridal touches. Being outdoors, the use of this venue is subject to weather conditions.

Askari Lodge is very popular with international brides who need to leave the arrangements in the hand of a capable and professional wedding co-ordintaor. Warren & Kym Grimsley

who are based in London, expressed their delight with the long distance arrnagements:

“I am writing on behalf of Warren, Pru and myself, to express a BIG thank you to Andre for all that he did to ensure that the day was a success. It isn’t an easy task when the bride and groom live in London. Andre is a true professional and the personal attention he put into everything was very much appreciated. He went out of his way to ensure that everything ran smoothly on the day and that Warren and Pru enjoyed every moment. Andre also helped organize a boma braai on the Sunday night for the overseas guests that had stayed. They were overwhelmed with the hospitality, please thank the chef and kitchen staff on our behalf. I just thought I would mention that we used your preferred suppliers for décor, music and the marriage ceremony and would highly recommend each of them to anyone who is getting married at Askari Lodge. Regards, Kym Grimsley Prudence Daniels & Warren Grimsley”

Visit Askari Spa for a bridal treat or a couples pampering session before your wedding day and remember to treat your wedding guests to a Big 5 game drive or elephant touch and feed experience.

The 120-seater chapel with its thatch roof and bell tower was built with the input from historians. Accommodation options include 30 rooms (including family self-catering chalets) and invite guests to take a step back in time whilst admiring the South African décor pieces dating back to the 1800's. Slipper baths, a coal stove, wash stands, luggage chests, antique Oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the luxury 4-star surrounding, to emphasize the interesting history of the Magaliesberg area.

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